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sky efl 2016-17

Sky will kick off the next football season by showing three matches in three days, though they're all from the English Football League (aka Sky Bet EFL), rather than the Premier League.

The action starts on Friday August 5th, when Fulham take on Newcastle. This is followed by two matches on Sunday August 7th, when QPR face Leeds Utd and Sheffield Wednesday play Aston Villa.

In July, Sky will confirm which other matches it will show in the period up to September 24th.

"It's always a special moment when the football fixtures are announced and we're very excited to confirm our first set of EFL games," said Gary Hughes, Sky Sports head of football.

"The EFL has never been stronger and the three leagues always deliver drama, passion and great stories over the course of the season. In 2016-2017 there's more football than ever before to enjoy, and more ways to follow all the action that excites and entertains us."

But the EFL is just one part of Sky's football coverage. This season, it will show more than 700 matches across eight different leagues. For the first time, viewers will be able to watch live Premier League matches on Friday nights, as well as those shown on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, and Monday Night Football.

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